HOMOSEXUALITY AND CATHOLICISM
The following statement is taken directly from the Catholic church's official catechism for 1994:
"They [Homosexuals] do not chose their homosexual condition; for most of them it is a trial. They must be accepted with respect, compassion and sensitivity. Every sign of unjust discrimination in their regard should be avoided. These persons are called to fulfil God's will in their lives and, if they are Christians, to unite to the sacrifice of the Lord's Cross the difficulties they may encounter from their condition. Homosexual persons are called to chastity...by prayer and sacramental grace, they can and should gradually and resolutely approach Christian perfection" (pg. 505.)
Now this amazing statement is deficient in many ways. First, no Scripture was cited to support their view that for most homosexuals "it is a trail." Second, no scientific evidence whatsoever was quoted to support their private view about homosexuals being born that way. And lastly, if such people are born that way and if society is to condone this alternative way of life, why does the Catholic church then tell us that such people are called to chastity? If they were made that way, surely God would want them to enjoy their way of life?
The Bible tells us very clearly about the sin of sodomy:
"Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves: Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen. For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet. And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient; Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers, Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful: Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them" (Rom.1:24-32.)
This is just one verse out of the entire Bible, which speaks about homosexuality and lesbianism. The wonderful news is that many homosexuals and lesbians have not only found repentance in Christ, but have also gone on to lead happy heterosexual lives, with some even marrying and having children.
It must be stated, however, that the average lifespan of a homosexual man is 39 and 45 for the lesbian; the average age of a heterosexual is 72!
Yet here is the scandal: too few people warn homosexuals and lesbians about this. I believe withholding such invaluable and non-politically correct evidence, is scandalous and absolutely negligent. May God have mercy on some of the liberal and fearful Bible believing Christians, for not loving homosexuals and lesbians enough, to tell them that not only could their lives end prematurely if they continue in their sin, but how lasting change, forgiveness and restitution is wonderfully available, to all who humbly seek after it.